The way Canadian provinces have represented their relationships with nature don’t always match up with the way they use nature. Canada is settler-colonial nation-state that has long exploited natural resources for inequitable economic gain. That extractive relationship has led to numerous adverse environmental consequences. This is especially true for our relationship with energy resources.
In the latest paper for Papers in Canadian History and Environment, Claire Campbell from Bucknell University explores imagery and representations of the province of Nova Scotia over time, revealing the ways in which tall-ship sailing has come to represent the province. This imagery of renewable energy stands in contrast to the province’s long history of extractive non-renewable energy development, including recent efforts at off-shore oil drilling.